it hurts my brain

Sat Aug-20th-2005 // Filed under: Word Balloons

Apparently, ACC Studios is publishing an eight-issue miniseries called Liberality For All, written by Mike Mackey (also the owner of ACC Studios, which handily explains how this is getting published in the first place) and illustrated by Donny Lin (whose career in comics, if it goes beyond this, will either be short and ugly or full of embarrassing situations where people ask him about this one)… and boy howdy, that’s gonna be one cool and edgy series:

It is 2021, tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. America is under oppression by ultra-liberal extremists which have yielded governing authority to the United Nations. It is up to an underground conservative group (known as F.O.I.L.) led by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North to thwart Ambassador Usama Bin Laden’s plans to nuke New York City.

Series concept: What if today’s anti-war Liberals were in charge of the American government and had been since 9/11? What would that society look like in the year 2021? What would be the results of fighting “a more sensitive war on terror” and looking to the corrupt United Nations to solve all of America ‘s problems? In Liberality For All , the reader sees a vision of that future where there is only one justified type of war…the war against Conservatives and their ideals.

Apparently, Chelsea Clinton is the president and Michael Moore is the vice-president. Oh, and apparently the heroic trio has a young patriotic sidekick named Reagan McGee. He’s the son of a New York firefighter and he was born on September 11th, 2001 (apparently, his father survived because he attended his birth — as we all know, every fireman on duty on 9/11 died!) who rejects the ultra-liberal educational system’s terrible doctrine that tells, not asks people what to think. This handily explains why he’s hanging out with well-known free thinkers like Hannity, Liddy and North — who have, incindentally, been all cyborged up so now they’re hella tough. There’s no irony here, either — they’re playing it straight. There’s a synopsis and a five-page preview.

Making fun of ridiculous crap like this is kind of like beating up a retarded child — sure, it’s fun, but you still feel like you’re really wasting your time. This is pretty much on par with that one time when Rob Liefeld made Jesus tear himself off the cross and beat up the Greek Gods, only more long-winded.

The first issue has a cover by Larry Elmore. I’d love to say that I’m surprised by this, but of course I’m not. I hate to say this, but the days when Larry Elmore was supercool by default simply because of the awesome D&D shit he did are long gone. This kinda drives the nail into the coffin…

Anyway, in a fairly quick Google search, I was unable to hunt down anything else Mackey has written (though I did unearth a thread on a John Byrne forum where he talks stupid shit and sucks up to Byrne). Looks like this is pretty much his debut as a writer.

One can only hope that it’s also his swan song.


  1. Now what would be interesting would be a comic about 2021 America that is under oppression by religious Christian ultra-concervative extremists. It could even still use Reagan McGee as a character…

    Comment by kolibri — August 20, 2005 @ 1124564498

  2. What I would like to see is Finnish version of the book with Anna Halonen as president and Hannu Karpo as prime minister.

    Comment by Juha — August 20, 2005 @ 1124566577

  3. That’s because you’re a sick fuck, Juha.

    I like the way you think.

    Comment by Mikki — August 20, 2005 @ 1124568045

  4. Actually, kolibri, I suspect that comic would be just as stupidly politically partisan as this nonsense.

    Comment by Adam — August 20, 2005 @ 1124576734

  5. Yeah, I’d tend to agree, Adam. Once it gets dumb enough, rabid propaganda does have that “oh my God, check it out!” quality, like a car wreck that you just have to stare at — it has its own entertainment value… but I think there’s a reason why art and that kind of stupidity rarely meet.

    Except when the latter is burning down piles of the former, I guess…

    Comment by Mikki — August 21, 2005 @ 1124583395

  6. Yeah, I originally put in a “if done well” in the comment but then took it out because it seemed a bit too obvious – but maybe I should have left it in… One of my favourite sci-fi/future genres is dystopia, that’s why it facinates me.

    Comment by kolibri — August 21, 2005 @ 1124656420

  7. Well, if we’re playing the “if done well” game, I’d actually be more interested in seeing a dystopia extrapolated from modern left-wing values, simply because right-wing and socialist dystopias have been done to death.

    Comment by Adam — August 23, 2005 @ 1124760781

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